Indian Navy launches third Scorpene class submarine, Karanj; know more
With Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba being present as chief guest, the Indian Navy launched its third Scorpene class submarine, christened Karanj at the Mazagaon dock in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Navy sources said that the Scorpene submarine has superior stealth features and the ability to launch crippling attacks with precision.
The other features that make it fearsome includes its advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels and hydro-dynamically optimised shape are some of the features that make it virtually invincible, unmatched by most submarines.
Scorpene submarines can undertake a wide range of missions such as anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine-laying and area surveillance.
It need be recalled that Indian Navy had only last year got possession of INS Kalvari, the first Scorpene class submarine that was commissioned into the Indian Navy, while the second Scorpene class submarine was launched in January 2017 and is currently undergoing the rigorous phase of sea trials and is also scheduled to be delivered shortly.
The third submarine launch comes at a time when Indian Navy is facing challenges of an aging submarine fleet and strong presence of Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean.>